Pick up a CPR face shield today!

Chances are, we’ll come across someone needing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) at least once in our lifetime. CPR involves chest compressions and rescue breaths to keep the casualty alive until further medical help arrives (such as a defibrillator).American Red Cross CPR Face shield

The thought of giving a stranger on the street rescue breaths (“the kiss of life”) is daunting for most people. Whilst there is only a minimal risk of infection, it can be seen as unhygienic and distasteful.

The thought of doing rescue breaths can prevent someone from starting CPR at all, with dire consequences for the casualty. This is why some organisations such as the British Heart Foundation now advocate chest compressions only.

However, there is a solution – a CPR face shield. These create a barrier between yourself and the casualty and prevent the transfer of any germs/saliva. They are small enough to be carried on a key-ring and cost less than a cup of coffee.

You can pick up a face shield cheaply from the Red Cross – both the American Red Cross and British Red Cross sell them. Otherwise most large pharmacies will also stock them. What are you waiting for, pick up a CPR face shield now!


John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid and CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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  1. theshaynee says:

    I used to keep one of these in my glove box of my car. The RN that trained me was adamant about having these on hand no matter where you were or what you were doing.
    I have yet to find any that are affordable. Thanks for sharing these.

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